Reframing Patient-Centered as People-Centered, in New Jersey

In September 2015, Gobee began a year-long effort to coach a network of healthcare  safety net organizations across New Jersey on the design and innovation process. This coaching effort is a part of the New Jersey Innovation Catalyst Initiative led by the Center for Care Innovations with support from The Nicholson Foundation. Paterson is a densely packed city of 150,000 …

Introducing Our 2015 Gobee Fellows

We are excited to welcome two fellows to the Gobee team this summer: Naomi Baer and Brooke Staton. From the more than 100 applications for the fellowship, both Brooke and Naomi stood out as exceptional fits for our ethos at Gobee. In the short time they have worked with us, we have already seen Brooke and Naomi’s unique experience and perspective stretch Gobee in new directions. Naomi …

The Circular Economy

By Rachel Dzombak “Let’s face it, the universe is messy. It is nonlinear, turbulent, and chaotic. It is dynamic. It spends its time in transient behavior on its way to somewhere else, not in mathematically neat equilibria. It self-organizes and evolves. It creates diversity, not uniformity. That’s what makes the world interesting, that’s what makes it beautiful, and that’s what …

Ending Hunger in Alameda County in 5 Years? Our Most Recent Design Challenge.

By Graham Gardner  What is the impact potential of a group that includes a farmer, a community advocate, and representatives from a billion-dollar public agency?   At the start of the new year the Alameda County Board of Supervisors passed an historic resolution, led by Supervisor Wilma Chan, to “End Hunger” among county residents by the year 2020. The resolution marks …

Announcing Gobee Fellowship 2015: Accepting Applications

Gobee Group is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for our second Gobee Fellows cohort. Launched in 2014, the Gobee Fellowship is an annual initiative that creates opportunities for professionals and academics to learn from and build upon Gobee Group’s design-driven social innovation practice. We are looking for up to two individuals who possess unique experience and perspectives that …

Real-Time Ebola Data: Gobee in Liberia

For the last two weeks, partners Mahad Ibrahim and Osvaldo Gomez have been stationed in Monrovia, Liberia working with USAID and eHealth Africa to work to understand and design better information flows for the emergency response to the Ebola outbreak. Below, Mahad reports from Monrovia: For Liberia, the end of the Ebola outbreak is in sight. Confirmed cases have dropped …

East Oakland Innovators: Big Win Implementation and Final Presentation

On December 9, 2014, the East Oakland Innovators (EOIs) hosted a presentation of their work for friends, family, and partner organizations. Tears of joy overcame supporters and EOIs alike, as the EOIs gathered on the stage to receive certificates acknowledging their dedication to the Castlemont community and expertise as Design Thinkers. Reflecting upon the past eight months in the EOI ...

East Oakland Innovators: Revolution Team Reflections

Written by Zachary Fernadez, team lead for the East Oakland Innovator’s Revolution/Empowering the People working group. Having one of the longer topic names has brought its fair share of challenges. Just consider the word “revolution”: what does it even mean? Subverting conventional norms, rejecting mainstream beliefs, working against the status quo? All of that? More? As you can imagine, the …

East Oakland Innovators: Parent Education Team Reflections

Written by Rachel Berkowitz, Program Coordinator for East Oakland Innovators and team lead for the Parent Education work group The “right” HMW question: following passion and interests From the beginning of the Big Win, the Parent Education team (Laura, Yolanda, and Flor) has been interested in supporting adults, particularly parents, in educating themselves. During the Understanding Phase, the team talked …

Jessica at HATCH

Jessica was invited to participate in HATCH, an invitation only event in Bozeman, Montana which brings together 100 thought leaders, practitioners and students for a 4 day “Hatch a Better World” event. The discussions were deeply linked and related to our work. At Gobee, we’re trouble shooters and change makers working to bridge the gaps in access and opportunity locally and globally. Jessica came back …